New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd Twenty20, Auckland February 23, 2012

'Ryder's selfishness' to blame for defeat - McMillan

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Craig McMillan, the former New Zealand batsman, has blamed New Zealand's defeat in the third and final Twenty20 at Eden Park on Jesse Ryder for slowing down the scoring so he could get his half-century. New Zealand were coasting towards their target of 166, needing 17 off the last four overs, but lost by three runs and conceded the series 2-1 to South Africa.

McMillian, now a television commentator, said Ryder was guilty of putting himself before the team's needs. However, Ryder found support from his team-mate James Franklin, who said it would be unfair to single out one player for the defeat.

"The reason New Zealand lost their momentum in those last four overs is because Jesse Ryder was trying to get one run for his 50, it took nine (sic. 7) deliveries to get that one run. It's always dangerous when you put yourself ahead of the team and I think that's what Jesse Ryder did last night," McMillan told Radiosport. "I've gone through it last night, the reasons why I thought we lost, and when you need 16 runs (sic. 17) off four overs, which is 24 deliveries, you do it in a canter. You basically get bat on ball and you win easily."

Ryder, who returned to the team following a calf injury, had raced to 48 off 29 balls before slowing down. He added only four more runs to his score, off 13 balls, and then scooped Johan Botha to Morne Morkel on the leg side, increasing the pressure on New Zealand. They needed 8 off seven balls after Ryder's dismissal.

McMillan said the other batsmen were also culpable, but Ryder had to accept responsibility for putting New Zealand in that position.

"Yes, the others had opportunities to win the game in terms of Franklin, [Tim] Southee, [Doug] Bracewell, Nathan McCullum, will all be disappointed they didn't bring New Zealand home," McMillan said. "But the reason that New Zealand were put in that position last night was because of Jesse Ryder's selfishness in trying to get to 50.

"He changed the way he was batting. He actually took about six (balls) trying to get a single and then he hit to the fielder and thought 'Well I better hit one out of the park because this just isn't working for me'. There were a couple of swings and misses and all of a sudden New Zealand are under pressure where they need seven off the last over.

"This defeat falls squarely on his shoulders and he has to wear it."

Franklin, who remained unbeaten on 9 off eight balls, backed Ryder and said the team should take the blame.

"He [Ryder] played brilliantly last night," Franklin told NZN. "It's very much a team game, and there were other guys that came in after that had the chance to win the game. None of us did that, so to pin it on any individual I think is very much unfair."

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

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  • on February 25, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    "Any good team will say; the inform batsmen is to stay til the end and every other batsmen that comes out should go for it. In this case, Franklin comes out thinking hes there to play to the end, and that puts pressure back on Ryder who then changes his gameplan again to be the big hitter again."

    Spot on. Franklin was guilty of doing the same thing today in the ODI loss.

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    MCMILLAN IS JOKING,IS IT HARD TO ACHIEVE 8 IN 7 BALLS?FRANKLIN IS RIGHT BUT NOT AT ALL MCMILLAN!HE SHOULDN'T BLAME ANYBODY,HE LOST SOME MATCHES FOR HIS TEAM[BY MISSED CATCHES,RUNOUTS AND POOR BATTING].

  • gothetaniwha on February 24, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    And this is from a player who use to face square leg when he faced Warne . Amazes me some players when they go in the com box , they forget how ordinary there records are when they where players , thats why they are in the com box now .

  • SimpleGuy0405 on February 24, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    I wouldn't blame Ryder for the loss. Yes, he clearly slowed down to get to his 50, but only for 2-3 deliveries. Later on, he wanted to slog and get going. However, he wasn't able to do so. This can happen at any stage of the game. You are scoring runs and suddenly find it hard to come by. T20 is of that nature, the fate of the match can change pretty quickly.

  • mjs28 on February 24, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Its true though. Ryder choked at the wrong time. NZ were well on top. Ryder should of went on to win the game but he wasted deliveries then got out tring to repair his mistake.

  • on February 24, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    way to blame the top scorer of the game for losing....also very rich of craig mcmillan to have a go at ryder.......ive seen some of his innings and i seen some of the worst shots to lose games ,,,,,he was a average player and and even worse comintator.maybe he should try tiddly winks

  • on February 24, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Well that is means that the South African bowlers were not that good to have kept the scoring down to what it was, and that is bull. Cricket does not worklike that. You can only play as well as the opposition aloows you to play.

    Well done South Africa for causing the choke!!!!

  • duncanmoo on February 24, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Come on NZ so you blame the guy who got 52 off 42 balls? He got 52 for heaven's sake! Find someone else to blame BB McCullum 18 off 19 balls? or perhaps blame good bowling, but to go after Ryder is wrong!

  • Arthaurian on February 24, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    the scary part for NZ is that it doesn't get any easier from here on

  • on February 24, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    "The reason New Zealand lost their momentum in those last four overs is because Jesse Ryder was trying to get one run for his 50, it took nine (sic. 7) deliveries to get that one run. It's always dangerous when you put yourself ahead of the team and I think that's what Jesse Ryder did last night," McMillan told Radiosport. "I've gone through it last night, the reasons why I thought we lost, and when you need 16 runs (sic. 17) off four overs, which is 24 deliveries, you do it in a canter. You basically get bat on ball and you win easily."

    I wont blame Jesse Ryder but everyone including and especially media AND fans for placing undue emphasis on batsmen's numbers like 50 and 100. We know the havoc such numbers are causing in India now!

    Nobody is obsessed with the number of aces hit by a tennis player, no. of birdies scored by a golfer etc even in such individual sports. Yet in cricket we are madly after such meaningless stats. It has become so after such exclusive focus on them. S

  • on February 25, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    "Any good team will say; the inform batsmen is to stay til the end and every other batsmen that comes out should go for it. In this case, Franklin comes out thinking hes there to play to the end, and that puts pressure back on Ryder who then changes his gameplan again to be the big hitter again."

    Spot on. Franklin was guilty of doing the same thing today in the ODI loss.

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    MCMILLAN IS JOKING,IS IT HARD TO ACHIEVE 8 IN 7 BALLS?FRANKLIN IS RIGHT BUT NOT AT ALL MCMILLAN!HE SHOULDN'T BLAME ANYBODY,HE LOST SOME MATCHES FOR HIS TEAM[BY MISSED CATCHES,RUNOUTS AND POOR BATTING].

  • gothetaniwha on February 24, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    And this is from a player who use to face square leg when he faced Warne . Amazes me some players when they go in the com box , they forget how ordinary there records are when they where players , thats why they are in the com box now .

  • SimpleGuy0405 on February 24, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    I wouldn't blame Ryder for the loss. Yes, he clearly slowed down to get to his 50, but only for 2-3 deliveries. Later on, he wanted to slog and get going. However, he wasn't able to do so. This can happen at any stage of the game. You are scoring runs and suddenly find it hard to come by. T20 is of that nature, the fate of the match can change pretty quickly.

  • mjs28 on February 24, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Its true though. Ryder choked at the wrong time. NZ were well on top. Ryder should of went on to win the game but he wasted deliveries then got out tring to repair his mistake.

  • on February 24, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    way to blame the top scorer of the game for losing....also very rich of craig mcmillan to have a go at ryder.......ive seen some of his innings and i seen some of the worst shots to lose games ,,,,,he was a average player and and even worse comintator.maybe he should try tiddly winks

  • on February 24, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Well that is means that the South African bowlers were not that good to have kept the scoring down to what it was, and that is bull. Cricket does not worklike that. You can only play as well as the opposition aloows you to play.

    Well done South Africa for causing the choke!!!!

  • duncanmoo on February 24, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Come on NZ so you blame the guy who got 52 off 42 balls? He got 52 for heaven's sake! Find someone else to blame BB McCullum 18 off 19 balls? or perhaps blame good bowling, but to go after Ryder is wrong!

  • Arthaurian on February 24, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    the scary part for NZ is that it doesn't get any easier from here on

  • on February 24, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    "The reason New Zealand lost their momentum in those last four overs is because Jesse Ryder was trying to get one run for his 50, it took nine (sic. 7) deliveries to get that one run. It's always dangerous when you put yourself ahead of the team and I think that's what Jesse Ryder did last night," McMillan told Radiosport. "I've gone through it last night, the reasons why I thought we lost, and when you need 16 runs (sic. 17) off four overs, which is 24 deliveries, you do it in a canter. You basically get bat on ball and you win easily."

    I wont blame Jesse Ryder but everyone including and especially media AND fans for placing undue emphasis on batsmen's numbers like 50 and 100. We know the havoc such numbers are causing in India now!

    Nobody is obsessed with the number of aces hit by a tennis player, no. of birdies scored by a golfer etc even in such individual sports. Yet in cricket we are madly after such meaningless stats. It has become so after such exclusive focus on them. S

  • on February 24, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    I agree, Ryder is the one to blame, I wonder how he felt after that loss...

  • on February 24, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    Ryder will reflect on his innings but was not is fault NZ lost, the loss of wicket after wicket in the late overs by NZers playing silly shots would to me be a prime cause.Guptill, Williamson, Ryder and McCullum all played shots that give their wickets away and stalled momentum. Also it over looks the spell of bowling led by Johan Botha that the South Africans produced after the rain break and the role this played in changing the game.

  • nskaile on February 24, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Jesse just wrapped up and gifted the game to Saf. And Wht was the need of playing bad shot from Guptil when they already scored 9 runs in the over? Taylor gonna be missed big time in Odis :(

  • on February 23, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Our openbatsman are doing well, but Brendons strike rate has been pretty bad in this T20 series for someone ranked as one of the best T20 batsman. I think the middle order also went too slow about things... As Franklin said, it is a team game and it was not just Ryder that made a mistake. Macca, dont be to hard onthe guy ! we have some ODIs to focus on.

  • Bongo99 on February 23, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    I often cringe at some of the stuff McMillan decides to focus on during his commentary, and this is no different.

    Sure, Ryder has to accept some significant blame for this loss, but: a) Ryder was most responsible for putting them in what looked like an unlosable position in the first place b) It was his first match back and he'd looked a bit nervous the whole way through. It was at least as much a mix of good bowling and first game back nerves that slowed him down as he approached 50 rather than 'selfishness' imo. c) Everyone thought the game was over already and no-one would have blamed him for the slight slow down if all of the NZ players hadn't gone on to make a meal of the last two and a half overs overs.

    Ryder clearly plays better with confidence, and while McMillan is entitled to his opinions, these were some really over the top/unnecessary comments. In the end I think this is a good 20/20 lesson for anyone who chooses to learn from it. It's not over till the end.

  • on February 23, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    I don't blame Ryder at all and I don't believe he was trying to just get one run for his 50. When you need 17 runs off the last four overs the logical thing to do would be to try and push safe singles rather than risk getting out to a big shot and putting more pressure on your team mates. That it happened to coincide with Ryder needing a single to get his 50 I think is chance not selfishness. In hindsight it didn't work out but to blame it on selfishness is completely unfair.

  • on February 23, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    I would actually agree if somebody else would have said it, the fact that practice what you preach is a cliche is a sad note

  • LeftBrain on February 23, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Well, putting yourself and your meaningless records ahead of team and achieving personal records at the expense of team and not helping the team winning at all...... reminds me of someone who is considered god as well!!!

  • Sammorama on February 23, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Every Blackcap should put their hand up and support Jessie - this is really weak by Macca and I've always been a fan of his. McMillian is famous for throwing his wicket away! It was a team choke - Both the McCullum brothers threw their wickets away, Franklin could have ran a few byes, Bracewell had an ugly swipe too.

    How about some credit to the SA bowlers?

    A good tight game, NZ should have won. Learn from it and move on lads - you have a really tough ODI series coming and a tougher test series.

    Bring it. Go the Black Caps.

  • shiv_cric on February 23, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Every batsman feels the jitters on a milestone and a 50 in a T20 is a gud milestone to notch. Considering the fact that Jesse is making a return and played so well is something to consider. It was unfair of a player of the stature of McMillan to put the blame squarely on one player forgetting the fact that he had done the bulk of the scoring. This wouldn't have arosen if he hadn't fired and NZ could have bundled out even before, looking at hindsight. Also, credit needs to go to RSA for building up that pressure to make the milestone hard..Taking a lot of factors into consideration, it was NZ choking under pressure, which is more typical of their opposition, who surprisingly managed to hold their nerve. This is what makes it an interesting encounter..

  • on February 23, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    I feel sorry for the Kiwi fans, just when you think your side is on the rise again, they have a massive choke and they pluck defeat from the jaws of victory. Its a repeating pattern from the greatest underachievers in World cricket. You have to back yourself on every occasion you walk out onto a cricket field. You have the talent, but, there is no self belief or confidence there, why? Wake up New Zealand cricketers!!!

  • fedrafa on February 23, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    I do agree that we did start losing momentum at that period and that it was partly Ryder's fault that we lost. However, at the same time, I think it's too harsh to call him selfish. I don't believe he was doing it on purpose. You could see how frustrated he was with himself when he did get the 50, it was a very half hearted salute.

  • champion1469 on February 23, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    not ryders fault though he didnt exactly help the situation. bit ridiculuos to hear mcmillan commenting on players like that when as a player he was the first person to get his back up if anything bad was said about him. close odi series but sa will win the tests easy. nz wont be able to handle the pace consistently and without nicking off to 4 slips and gully etc

  • on February 23, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    Lost a match for a half century!!! If it was a century I could understand (not agree) but a half century???

  • nakihunter on February 23, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    The real culprit was the rain break of 2 minutes. the players would have walked off thinking they had won & mentally relaxed. Suddenly they are asked to come back and re-adjust. THAT was the problem.

  • K.A.K on February 23, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    The big headlines on CricInfo these days does not show a positive trend. Ryder's selfishness, Indian seniors rift should not be among the biggest news of the game. Or is it just me?

  • on February 23, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    I'm normally the first to critise big Jesse, but the loss wasn't his fault. When he departed it was still a straight forward victory. I actually don't blame anyone for the loss, I'm still struggling to understand how it happened, but I don't think anyone particular is to blame.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 23, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    To be fair, when Ryder did leave, the equation was 8 runs from 7 balls and with 5 wickets in hand, that should have been a walk in the park

  • johnathonjosephs on February 23, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    strike rate dropped from 170 to around 120 from when Ryder was on 48/49 to when he got out in his early 50's. After he got his 50, he just lost his momentum

  • Rahulbose on February 23, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Its a T20 game, who cares who won. Any Jesse seriously chasing 50 run milestone in a T20 jamboree, back on the sauce are we?

  • AlpsRock on February 23, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Ryder reminded typical Indian Player from Bombay (Mumbai now) likes of Gavaskar (36 Not Out in 60 over WC ODI game!!), Sachin, Vengsarkar and MOST of Ravi Shastri (stuck on 49 for 49 min and over an hour on 99!, never thought about the team but the pesonal goals.)...although to be fair on Sachin, when he did play un-selfishly and almost got India home other player choked..so i still have respect for Sachin...

  • cricket4ever6 on February 23, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Almost every batsman I've seen slows down when they're close to a milestone (50s, 100s), it's only natural. On the one hand, they're told, once you're set make it count, get a big hundred, and on the other hand, they're expected to play as if they're unaware of the score? There are very very few batsmen, like Sehwag, who can actually play like that. Maybe Craig batted like that in his day too, but it's naive to expect otherwise.

  • Erebus26 on February 23, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    I love big Jesse when he is in full flow but McMillan is correct I'm afraid. It does seem that Ryder put personal objectives before the good of the team. South Africa bowled well at the death of course but NZ should've got home.

  • bestofluckindia on February 23, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    I guess SA have for a change choked others instead of getting choked themselves. Well well is it Gary Kirsten?

  • h_kap on February 23, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    No matter what Ryder did but the fact the 2 specialist batsmen on the crease could not score 7 runs in 7 deliveries is simply and outright pathetic. Think about it this way, what if Ryder did not score that half century and got out cheaply, and other followed suit? You wouldn't even reach close to the target set by SA. For a change, chokers choked the opposition. Well player SA and the young bowler.

  • AngryAngy on February 23, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Maybe he did bat for the 50, but he didn't put the team in an untenable position. In the end dumb risks are what cost them. Ryder might have backed off, but he didn't stay in any sort of sensible mode, instead he got out to a dumb shot. He could have kept backing off. They only needed 5 rpo. Ensuing batsmen played even more ridiculously, not comprehending that they could actually have won with boring shots. If only they too acted like they needed to keep their wicket for some reason, they might even have won.

  • HawK89 on February 23, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Any good team will say; the inform batsmen is to stay til the end and every other batsmen that comes out should go for it. In this case, Franklin comes out thinking hes there to play to the end, and that puts pressure back on Ryder who then changes his gameplan again to be the big hitter again. Hes a big hitter, comes out at no.6 and then plays like a test match. Someone will say its smart cricket to get singles, but with that many wickets in hand and a low amount of runs, no point playing it safe. It just gives time for SA to regather and start bowling good lines and length. Ryder isn't to blame, he wasn't leaving the ball or anything, he choked and started to miss-time a few after finding the fielder on numerous occasions.

  • Ganes.V on February 23, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Had ryder played his natural game instead of looking for his 50 i am sure NZ would have won

  • TRAM on February 23, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    I appreciate McMillan's correct & bold expression. There is not a single soul in India who boldly says that against Tendulkar. The culture Bombay players created (yes, absolutely, Gavaskar the great included) was to play selfish game. I have not read a single senior player or BCCI admin ever express this kind of frank opinion in India.

  • hersheybar on February 23, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    I think that is a bit unfair... These things happen and the other batsmen should have stepped up. Botha, Morkel and De Lange did bowl well in the final overs. Cant wait for the ODI's and test! Go Proteas!

  • gudolerhum on February 23, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    What is the big deal of 50 in a T20 anyway? It is evident that Ryder was largely responsible for the loss of momentum which ultimately led to the defeat. End of story. I hope he gets a short lecture from his captain and coach and learns from this. Cricket is, above all else, a TEAM sport!

  • Gizza on February 23, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Sounds like Ryder did what Sachin Tendulkar usually does. Bat well until you're one shot away from a 50 or 100 then slow down, get the batsmen on the other end into pressure and the team collapses/chokes. To say it is unfair and that Ryder might have gotten a duck instead misses the point. Generally in the top order there are players who have good days and bad days. BUT when you have a good day and are timing the ball sweetly you should make the most of it and ensure you get your team over the line (if you're chasing). Ryder on this occasion lacked the ability to do that. Maybe it is selfishness maybe it is just nervousness. Whatever it is, it is something he needs to rectify quickly otherwise he will be remembered as a talent but not a match winner.

  • on February 23, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    I agree with McMilan. Ryder for his fifty was more selfish than Tendulkar for his century. From that position even India could win it comfortably.

  • Spelele on February 23, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Hahaha! McMillan is right! Ryder's selfishness really showed yesterday. Kudos to SA for exposing him for what he is; and kudos to Macca for telling the truth without fear or favour. With NZ batsmen (including Ryder) being so low on confidence, I cannot imagine what the likes of Steyn will do to them. If a rookie like De Lange can blow this team away, what answers will they have to the greatest bowler in the world? Can they handle the red-hot Philander? Me thinks not. I seriously can't wait for the Tests and ODIs. I predict 3-0 for both!

  • gimme-a-greentop on February 23, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Here is something McMillan hasn't thought of....i think Jesse Ryder was actually thinking of the team by ensuring he didn't get out to a slog and putting pressure on the incoming batsman, he just didn't get it right, which is down to Botha, who is notoriously difficult to score off. Imagine if he had gone for a six on 49 and been caught on the boundary. Everyone would say "he was selfish by going for glory when NZ could have done it in singles!" Damned if you do, damned if you don't......Besides which, if an international team can't score 10 off 12 balls (which was the scenario AFTER he got his 50) then well that's all the batsmen's fault....

  • joseyesu on February 23, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Ofcourse, getting 1 run from 11 balls surely shows a selfish attitude. And getting a support for that is even worse. Even Tendulkar will do the same when reaching 90's.

  • on February 23, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Typical Kiwi want too blame it on something. You know what being South-African I feel the Blackcaps did well. Yes most probably Jesse did slow it down but I find him a good a batsmen but where is the TEAM in TEAM sport why couldn't anyone else picked up the game. well done Proteas

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on February 23, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Didnt see the match bar highlights but i cant believe any international player would change his game for a 50 in a meaningless T20 game. Its hardly 99no in a Lords Test match is it? Extraordinary if true.

  • BellCurve on February 23, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    McMillan is just frustrated and emotional. We should forgive him for these silly comments. Ryder conceded 8 dot balls after reaching 49. He attempted strokes against 7 of these balls. He was dropped once after skying a delivery from Botha and also missed a sweep and was lucky not be be given out LBW. SA bowled very well. Ryder was unlucky to pick out the fielders. But that's what makes the game interesting. Without the random factor cricket would have been as dull as long-distance walking. McMillan should know better. He'll probably backtrack on what he said once he has calmed down. Poor thing.

  • satish619chandar on February 23, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    One thing.. I read commentaries and watched highlights.. For a batsman of Ryder's stature, he doesn't need to score a 50 with a single.. Ryder or any batsman wont intentionally waste 7 or 9 balls for 50.. Say it for a century, i ll agree but 50 is just a score these days and the bowling was good that times with no proper batsmen coming, Ryder just looked to get it in singles i think.. Batting was suddenly defensive but not for 50 milestone i think so..

  • on February 23, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Have to agree here with Macca's comments. Ryder selfishly going into his shell, when he should have kept playing like he was lead to this monumental choke by NZ. Just playing selfishly for your milestone is not on in the 50 over format, let alone in the T20 format where leaving a ball to go through to keeper at any stage is almost sacrilegious. Only in tests do you have that luxury of going into your shell to secure your milestone. In the abbreviated forms, you must always play to the demands of the position, not to arbitrary milestones like Ryder did.

  • PACERONE on February 23, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    These ex players who never won anything while playing are always trying to make a name for themselves in the booth. If Ryder had been out as he usually does playing a rash or aggressive shot he would of still been blamed.They will talk of it been a team sport,then lay blame on one player.There is always one guy on the team that they always criticize.Ryder or Taylor seems to be the ones on NZ team.

  • on February 23, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Ryder has to wear the blame!no doubt!

  • v_singh on February 23, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    i did not see this match but IF Ryder scored 48 off 29 balls, then it is highly surprising that he could not put bat on ball to get Kiwis home in 4 overs (target being another 16 runs).. It may be that SA bowled well - but from what I have read, its the South Africans who choke and not the Kiwis :)

  • on February 23, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    I read cricinfo commentary during the match and I accept what McMillan said here. Ryder took 7 balls to get to his 50 and that slowness definetely put pressure on New Zealand. There were no reasons other than that for New Zealand loss. It was a very easy target and even Zimbawe (or Bangladesh for that matetr) would win from that position. This is really a good lesson for those players who think about themselves before the team. I am a Sri Lankan by the way.

  • Munsta101 on February 23, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Can't argue with Macca there. He's got it spot on. But it was only a T20 and will soon be forgotten. Hopefully Ryder can learn from the situation. The Test series is the one we all really care about.

  • on February 23, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Ryder for his fifty lost the game .he play for self interest not for national Interest

  • jmcilhinney on February 23, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    I didn't see the entire game but I did see the end of it and I have to agree with this assessment. SA did bowl relatively well at the end but not well enough to stifle Ryder that much. He had just played a sublime cut for 4 off a ball that would have passed just over middle and off so he was basically on fire. He purposely went into his shell to try to guarantee his 50 and then couldn't get out of it again. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The way he was batting was working perfectly so there was no need to change his method in any way.

  • on February 23, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Ridiculous comments from McMillan. The fact that they were in such a strong position to start with was down to Ryder's first 48 off 29 balls. I was watching, he was trying to score off every ball after that, it was down to decent tight bowling that he was frustrated from that point onwards. It happens sometimes, the ball doesn't come on and you start mistiming and finding the fielders every ball.

  • sneeky55 on February 23, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    not fair of mcmillan to blame ryder. Imagine NZ's situation if he had got out for a duck. McMillan should be thankful that ryder played like he did, giving them a chance.

  • on February 23, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Personal preferences over the nation and over the game itself is a disgrace.

  • on February 23, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    What no-one seems to have accounted for was the aborted rain interruption that came one over before the slowdown. Ryder and Williamson went off knowing they were well ahead of D/L target and were called straight back out. They scored 8 or so off the next over and then stalled. Credit to SA for bowling well enough to exploit the momentum shift. That said, I do agree with Macca, the prime culprit was Ryder trying to get singles instead of continuing to play his natural T20 game - I also think Jesse looked tired.

  • on February 23, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    That's just ridiculous from McMilan, if Ryder didnt score 50 and he got out for a duck, then he might say NZ won because Ryder was Ryder was out early.NZ would have been in much bigger trouble if Jesse Ryder's contribution to the team.What about both the Mc Cullums then 18 and 0, like they would have won the match.Credit should go to Ryder he held the innings, and how on earth do you lose when you have to score 15 runs in 21 balls and that in a T20I match, that's pathetic cricket by NZ all-round.

  • on February 23, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Do I smell dissension in the ranks? That can work in favour of the tourists.

  • legbreak007 on February 23, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    I'm no Jesse Ryder fan and wondered about his recall, the painful truth is though that a run a ball last over in a T20 should be attainable... Shouldn't we give the 21 year old death bowler a bit of kudos for the win..?

  • 12th_man on February 23, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    McMillan blaming someone for the defeat due to slowing down the scoring rate. I count several occasions when he did that himself, ask Shane Warne he's probably still laughing about it now with his kids.

    Constructive criticism pleae.

  • MenFromMarts on February 23, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Unfair but true. Naughty Jesse naughty.

  • on February 23, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    It was just a bad luck. I think we should stop blaming others and take it as a game and move on with positive to learn out of every game. South Africa has always a very balance and good team but they always chock in big games. Big games are always pressure games and team who is mentally strong will win. I am a big fan of New zealand cricket team and it is always fun watching them.Keep it UP KEWIs

  • on February 23, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    I was thr at the match, totaly agreed vd Craig. kiwi's were on top for the whole match until,jesse's heroic's turned it the other way

  • on February 23, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    I always find it laughable when teams lose and see all the excuses and finger pointing that goes on! when South Africa lose we a re a bunch of chokers, but when other sides lose it's not quite the same! So let's find a scapegoat. "Jesse is such a selfish player!" What a load of cods wallop! In modern sport the pressure on ALL players worldwide is massive. You win some and you lose some that is all there is to it, you can not win every game that you play. To be brutally honest I feel feathers for New Zeeland losing purely because they, more so than the Aussies, take gamesmanship and bad sportsmanship beyond the pail.

  • Dashgar on February 23, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Ryder to blame? How about all the other batsmen who went out as well. From what I saw Ryder made a pretty high score is his first game back.

  • daSaj on February 23, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    It seems a bit harsh to pile all the blame onto Jesse Ryder, when the New Zealand batsmen who came in after him should have been able to hit the runs. After all, he got them to where they were in the first place. Although, it did seem as though he was putting his wants ahead of the teams needs. Anyway, he should of realised that if he kept slogging the half-century as well as the target would have come.

  • on February 23, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Both Franklin and McMillan are correct, the difference is that McMillan is completely out of line by solely blaming Ryder considering NZ would not have even been in that position with four overs to go without Ryder's contribution.

  • zenboomerang on February 23, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Its easy for McMillian to sledge from the sidelines... Sometimes on opposing team puts in 1-2 tight overs that change the game, especially at the death - no analysis by McMillan by how well the Saffa's were bowling... Publicly flogging Ryder for a team loss seems almost too personal for my likes... Yes, I expected the Kiwi's to win even after 10 overs... But the top order got out to poor shot selection while the lower middle order failed - somehow this is all Jesse Ryders fault according to McMillan... Get a life!...

  • Nduru on February 23, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    It was definately Ryder's fault, he single handedly lost NZ the match. In fact, SA did not actually win this match as such, instead, the Kiwis lost it. Why did he suddenly focus on his 50 instead of the result? SA did not suddenly start bowling that well or putting too much pressure on. In fact, their fielding and bowling was very poor indeed - look at all the wides, straight balls and misfields/drops they were doing. SA actually deserved to lose that one, which is why I say NZ gave it to them in a silver platter.

  • gimme-a-greentop on February 23, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    As a South African, this seems a little unfair to me. You could easily also blame Franklin and Southee for not trying to run 2 off that final no ball to ensure Franklin had the strike for the last ball. NZ had wickets in hand, Southee run out at the bowlers end wouldn't have mattered that much. You could easily also give credit to Botha and De Langa for bowling two great overs...Ryder smashed us to put them in a good position in the first place so to blame him solely for defeat is a little silly...and to all the people saying it's so easy to hit Botha why have most international batting line-ups struggled to get him away? He is a tricky one...you dont go for 5 an over on a small field by being easy to hit...

  • anver777 on February 23, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Yes! Ryder should have continued in same style till the finish.......17 runs in 4overs with plenty of wkts in hand, even a weak team will achieve that.... any way for a change SA "CHOCKED" NZ !!!!!!

  • on February 23, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    pinning any individual as Franklin said, is very much unfair.

  • yankinsa on February 23, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Ryder - Yes, probably but overall NZ blew it, choked if you want to be harsh about it and gave an SA team that were really badly under-performing on the nite, a chance to wake up and show the resolve and bloody-minedness that they are famous for. The catch Amla took deserves much credit and remember that the final over was bowled by a raw novice. Beware NZ and the rest of the world, SA (and De Villers) may have found their feet/hearts at Eden Park on Wednesday nite.

  • on February 23, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Nothing much to blame Ryder...

  • on February 23, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    i didn't watch the match... So no comment ;p

  • craigals on February 23, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Can't blame Franklin for supporting his team-mate, but you gotta accept the truth, even if it hurts... Craig Mac, you are 100% right.

  • kiwiviktor81 on February 23, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    McMuffin is just envious because Ryder bats like McMuffin wanted to.

  • SixFourOut on February 23, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Ryder is a really good player and exciting to watch, but Macca is absolutely right, Ryder lost the game.......Kiwis should have won, but well done to Devilliers, he's such a likable captain and can't wait to see him bat, because he is unbelievable.

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  • SixFourOut on February 23, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Ryder is a really good player and exciting to watch, but Macca is absolutely right, Ryder lost the game.......Kiwis should have won, but well done to Devilliers, he's such a likable captain and can't wait to see him bat, because he is unbelievable.

  • kiwiviktor81 on February 23, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    McMuffin is just envious because Ryder bats like McMuffin wanted to.

  • craigals on February 23, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Can't blame Franklin for supporting his team-mate, but you gotta accept the truth, even if it hurts... Craig Mac, you are 100% right.

  • on February 23, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    i didn't watch the match... So no comment ;p

  • on February 23, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Nothing much to blame Ryder...

  • yankinsa on February 23, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Ryder - Yes, probably but overall NZ blew it, choked if you want to be harsh about it and gave an SA team that were really badly under-performing on the nite, a chance to wake up and show the resolve and bloody-minedness that they are famous for. The catch Amla took deserves much credit and remember that the final over was bowled by a raw novice. Beware NZ and the rest of the world, SA (and De Villers) may have found their feet/hearts at Eden Park on Wednesday nite.

  • on February 23, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    pinning any individual as Franklin said, is very much unfair.

  • anver777 on February 23, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Yes! Ryder should have continued in same style till the finish.......17 runs in 4overs with plenty of wkts in hand, even a weak team will achieve that.... any way for a change SA "CHOCKED" NZ !!!!!!

  • gimme-a-greentop on February 23, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    As a South African, this seems a little unfair to me. You could easily also blame Franklin and Southee for not trying to run 2 off that final no ball to ensure Franklin had the strike for the last ball. NZ had wickets in hand, Southee run out at the bowlers end wouldn't have mattered that much. You could easily also give credit to Botha and De Langa for bowling two great overs...Ryder smashed us to put them in a good position in the first place so to blame him solely for defeat is a little silly...and to all the people saying it's so easy to hit Botha why have most international batting line-ups struggled to get him away? He is a tricky one...you dont go for 5 an over on a small field by being easy to hit...

  • Nduru on February 23, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    It was definately Ryder's fault, he single handedly lost NZ the match. In fact, SA did not actually win this match as such, instead, the Kiwis lost it. Why did he suddenly focus on his 50 instead of the result? SA did not suddenly start bowling that well or putting too much pressure on. In fact, their fielding and bowling was very poor indeed - look at all the wides, straight balls and misfields/drops they were doing. SA actually deserved to lose that one, which is why I say NZ gave it to them in a silver platter.